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On Explaining Integer Vectors by Few Homogenous Segments

Dipl.-Inf. Sepp Hartung (TU Berlin)

We extend previous studies on NP-hard problems dealing with the decomposition of nonnegative integer vectors into sums of few homogeneous segments. These problems are motivated by radiation therapy and database applications. If the segments may have only positive integer entries, then the problem is called Vector Explanation+. If arbitrary integer entries are allowed in the decomposition, then the problem is called Vector Explanation. Considering several natural parameterizations (including maximum vector entry, maximum di fference between consecutive vector entries, maximum segment length), we obtain a refi ned picture of the computational (in-)tractability of these problems. In particular, we show that in relevant cases Vector Explanation+ is algorithmically harder than Vector Explanation.

09.07.2013 14:15
Sepp Hartung
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